Residents combat surf, strong winds in Scituate, Mass.

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December 27, 2012, 12:45 pm
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(NECN: Eileen Curran) - It was high tide at Humarock Beach in Scituate, Mass. -- the surf, fueled by strong winds, deposited ocean debris all along Central Avenue.
   
“You look at how high the tide is -- it’s amazing,” said Gary O’Neil as he gazed out at the  ocean Thursday morning.
   
O'Neil and his family moved to nearby Marshfield this past summer because they wanted to be closer to the beach. He marveled at the power of Mother Nature -- and the presence of all this sea foam.
   

“It looks like snow -- it’s just unbelievable, just amazing,” he said.
   
The nor’easter knocked out power overnight to about 2,000 customers in the coastal town. Crews worked to clear downed trees and restore service.
   
The rain caused minor flooding to some streets overnight, but the real concern was for high tide later in the morning.
   
Scituate officials closed off Central Ave. at high tide, knowing it floods so quickly, drivers can get stranded. Even the mail carrier knew to turn around and wait until after high tide to venture down the road.
   
Still, some work couldn’t wait for Mother Nature. A construction crew continued work rebuilding a house that caught fire. Worker Nelio Santos said the weather is slowing them down. 

“A little bit, a little bit because you can’t really carry anything outside because the wind’s really bad here,” he said. “Out in the front, when you turn around this corner, [you have to be] very careful because the wind comes off the ocean -- it just really hits you.”
   
As O’Neil marveled at Mother Nature, it hit him -- his new neighbors were right: “The neighbors had said it gets very windy out here, and we realized that is true!”

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